4.3 out of 5

"Very nice facility. Friendly, helpful staff. love the text notifications. " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 29 Nov 2017

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Hotel Description

At Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel you'll be steps from Jack London Square and 1.8 km (1.1 mi) from Oakland Museum of California. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a marina.

All 143 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, iPod docks, and coffee/tea makers. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries, while pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. Room service, free newspapers, and safes are also available.

The hotel's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Enjoy the 24-hour fitness center and sauna. Business amenities include conference space, meeting rooms, and a business center. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a free manager's reception, and a coffee shop/café. Continental breakfast is available. There's also valet parking, along with the convenience of a free area shuttle.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this 3.5-star Oakland hotel include Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena.

Room, 1 King or 1 Queen Bed, City View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$104 per night

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Bay View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King or 1 Queen Bed, Balcony

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, City View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, City View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Waterfront Hotel ratings based on 39 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
Pros: On the water
Location: Lots to do nearby. Ferry boat and Yoshis were my favorite.
Very nice facility. Friendly, helpful staff. love the text notifications.

Posted by , from Redmond, WA on Nov 29, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 1, 2017 by Chris

Dear Valerie, Thanks for your 5 star of The Waterfront Hotel. Our team strives to give your a memorable experience every time. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks for posting the pics All the best, Chris

4 out of 5

Great location, Can't Wait to Return

Pros: Convenient location to my needs. Even thought they have in and out valet parking ($30 per night) I was able to walk to good restaurants and sights.
Cons: I think the soap and lotion had a weird smell.
Location: Everett & Jones BBQ, a good Chicken and Waffles place; Yoshi's, a music venue ... all walking distance. A lovely Farmers Market on Sunday.
My 3rd time at the hotel. Convenient location within walking distance from some good restaurants, and a movie theater. The hotel restaurants are nice, good food, friendly and responsive staff. Delicious hot fresh coffee in the lobby each morning. I wasn't there for the Happy Hour but they said they have wine and cheese in the afternoons. The rooms are clean, they provide ear plugs which is always an uh-oh, but they are near a train track. And I could sometimes hear other guests closing doors or speaking in the hall, but it was not a problem at all. I didn't need the ear plugs. The room has a Keurig coffee pot in case of emergency and you can't get to the lobby which seems to also have Keurig available at all times and that fresh coffee that comes out at 6 am.

Posted by , from So Cal on Mar 21, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 27, 2017 by Chris

Dear Lena, It looks like you're becoming a regular and we love it! Thanks for the amazing review and your continued business. We're looking forward to having you stay with us again. All the best, Chris

2 out of 5


Pros: staff was polite and rooms are fairly updated. beautiful fireplace in the lobby.
when checked into our room, the bed was slept in and candy wrappers and trash were left on the floor and table. they quickly gave us another room, yet it was smaller and faced a public walkway. very thin walls with loud noise coming from not only outside and the clubs at night, but the people above us and in the hall. children ran through our outdoor balcony in the morning 1 day about 7am.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016

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5 out of 5

Lovely hotel in Jack London Square

Location, location, location! Jack London Square is right by the ferry to San Francisco, AMTRAC, busses and BART. The Square has lots of activity and is a fun place to be. Best of all for a dry-lander like me, the hotel is right on the water with a private marina at the back and a public one down the way. My room was almost too big and had all the amenities one would expect plus there was a fitness room with sauna close by. The staff was friendly, helpful, experienced.

Posted by , from Denver on Dec 9, 2015

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4 out of 5

Convenient, clean, may be a bit overpriced.

Pros: Good location. Very clean. Professional and pleasant staff.
Location: Great location near SF ferry terminal, SF Bay estuary and Jack London Square. A long walk to BART transit.
Visited during a very busy weekend, but hotel staff managed every situation with friendly and professional service. Hotel itself is fine. Rooms are clean and somewhat spacious. In-room K-Cups were good to have. Because it was a holiday weekend, rooms with balconies were sold out so we ended up in room facing the parking lot and with sounds of Amtrak train horns every couple of hours (although we can't really blame the hotel for that). Somehow $200+ per night seemed steep for what we got, and therefore not 5-star in the ratings.

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

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5 out of 5

Beautiful view, comfortable room

We had a waterfront room with a beautiful view. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The cafe downstairs provided coffee/breakfast at a reasonable price.

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Hotel

I spent the weekend with my boyfriend, we both loved it. The staff was extra polite and helpful. The hotel, though a little older, was very charming and super clean. The location was perfect, too, right by the water and just a ferry ride away from San Franciso. I definitely plan to stay here again.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Mar 26, 2015

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5 out of 5

Beautiful place

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
This is by far the best place we have stayed while in the Bay. Don't think we will want to stay in the city anymore listening to all the street noise til all hours of the night! Strolling the waterfront with a cup of coffee the next morning was fabulous and the staff were all great!!! They even lit the fire pit out by the pool for us. GREAT stay!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013

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4 out of 5

Very Nice!

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, large room, ipod player in room, friendly staff
Cons: no free parking
This hotel is a great choice if you are near the Jack London Square Area of Oakland. The room was perfect! Clean, Large, and lots of little extras! It's next to the railway station so it can be a bit noisy if you stay on that side. It didn't bother us though.

Posted by , from Orlando, FL on Jul 25, 2012

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4 out of 5

Older hotel, but nice and clean.

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
The hotel had some great views and was conveniently located to many near-by restaurants. Lots of activities on the weekend.

Posted by , from Austin, TX, USA on Jul 16, 2012

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About the Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

Location 10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Property Features

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel offers its guests a marina, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A free manager's reception is offered. Public spaces have free WiFi. A business center and meeting rooms are available. A 24-hour fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel. A free area shuttle within 4 mi is available. For a fee, parking is available. This 3.5-star Oakland hotel is smoke free.

  • 143 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 13 conference rooms
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Coffee shop
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free area shuttle
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) (15 km / 9.3 mi)
  • Train station: Oakland Jack London Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle within 4 mi
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel offers 143 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and safes. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Oakland hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily and refrigerators can be requested.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator available
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

The hotel hosts a free manager's reception on select days.

Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast only.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Kayaking nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 30 lb)
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Pets allowed (no fees)


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 30.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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  • Waterfront Hotel Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel Oakland
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You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply. To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.